Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General, NCDC

COVID-19: Why door-to-door sample collection is infeasible –NCDC

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has advanced the reason why the Centre currently is not doing door-to-door testing to detect the COVID-19 virus among the people in the country.

Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director-General of NCDC, disclosed that door-to-door testing is currently not a realistic strategy for the over 200 million Nigerians in the country, reports Channels TV.

Ihekweazu, during the briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja, FCT, Friday, April 24 stated that the approach, however, that has proved to be more feasible is identifying people who meet the “case definition” within communities, and getting their samples out for testing.

The NCDC Director-General said: “It’s not really our strategy to go door-to-door to 200 million Nigerians.”

“We have a strategy of looking for people who meet the case definition, and even in communities where we are testing, we are not testing everybody.

We are still asking ‘do you meet that case definition?’ If yes, we collect samples,” he said.

On the use of nose masks, Ihekweazu clarified that they only serve as an extra layer of protection from Coronavirus, but are not an all-in-one solution to the virus.

He added: “The masks can only be used in conjunction with everything else…. It is not a silver bullet, and this is something we’ve been emphasising as much as possible.

“It is just an additional measure to everything else we’ve been doing and so, we have to continue doing those things together.

“Yes, we’ve all started using masks whenever we are outside but please don’t stop washing your hands, don’t stop your physical distancing.

“Do all of them together. It is only by doing them together that we will get the effect that we want.”

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